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Jul 19

Set Sail With the USS Constitution

Friday, July 19, 2013 7:14 AM

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As I stepped across the brow onto the deck of USS Constitution the sense of history was almost overwhelming. It was on these decks that the Sailors from past ages had fought and died for the colors that were whipping in the warm breeze above my head.     It’s July 4th, and time for Old Ironsides to get underway once again as she always does on Independence Day. The maneuvering watch is set and they are preparing their charts and instruments to plot the course down the Charlestown River to Castle Island, a familiar course, but still the motions… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 20

Navy Innovation

Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:01 AM

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There’s been plenty of discussion about the Navy’s recent approach to ship building, and the promise of capability and capacity – see Littoral Combat Ship. What can history tell us about nurturing at sea innovation? It is never easy. On June 20, 1815, the Navy’s first steam-driven warship, the Fulton I, underwent initial trials in New York. Fulton, named in honor of her designer, Robert Fulton, was intended to be a heavily-armed and stoutly built mobile fort for local defense. Put into service in 1816, she missed action in the War of 1812 and only performed a single day of… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 7

Midway Operational Lesson

Friday, June 7, 2013 5:08 PM

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MIDWAY’S OPERATIONAL LESSON: THE NEED FOR MORE CARRIERS The Japanese employing six aircraft carriers at one time, as they did in the attack on Oahu on 7 December 1941, proved a radical undertaking. The U.S. Navy’s carriers, by contrast, had never numbered more than two or three during infrequent maneuvers, and the war’s coming in 1941 found only three in the Pacific, Lexington (CV-2), Saratoga (CV-3), and Enterprise (CV-6). Carriers had been a part of the U.S. Fleet since Langley (CV-1), nicknamed “The Covered Wagon” pioneered such operations in 1922, and forward-thinking naval officers employed them in the annual maneuvers,… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 6

A Reunion in the Water, Part 2

Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:20 PM

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A Reunion In the Water, Part 2 E. R. “Bud” Quam on the Yorktown at Coral Sea and Midway by Ronald Russell  (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and originally appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006) At the age of 15, young Bud Quam was severely injured in a hunting accident, and two years later he was nearly lost in a blizzard that inundated the area near his home town of Willmar, Minnesota. Consequently, when his 18th birthday rolled around in 1940, his parents had… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 6

A Reunion in the Water, Part 1

Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:19 PM

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A Reunion In the Water Peter L. Newberg on the Yorktown at Coral Sea and Midway by Ronald Russell  (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006) The small town of Willmar, Minnesota is rather unique with regard to the Battle of Midway, for it is the home town of three of its veterans who by chance all wound up on the same ship during the battle One of the three was Pete Newberg, who joined the Navy on his… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 6

Escaping the Yorktown

Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:18 AM

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Escaping the Yorktown Bryan A. Crisman by Ronald Russell (The following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable and originally appeared in Veterans Biographies, distributed during the annual Battle of Midway commemoration in San Francisco, June 2006)  As an economics student at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940, Bryan Crisman was intrigued by a notice posted at the university’s school of finance. The solicitation from the U.S. Navy’s Supply Corps promised college graduates a commission in the Naval Reserve. That sounded fine to Bryan, so he signed up and found himself called to active duty only a few months… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

Remembrance of a Rear-Seater

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:41 PM

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Remembrance of a Rear-Seater by CAPT N. J.”Dusty” Kleiss, USN-Ret 27 April 2007 Note: the following post is from the Battle of Midway Roundtable andwas a letter from VS-6 pilot “Dusty” Kleiss in response to a Roundtable member seeking information on her uncle. The subject is Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Thurman Swindell, who was killed in his SBD as it dove on the Kaga at Midway. * * * Tracy Lewis asked the Roundtable if it could give her more information about her great uncle Thurman Randolf Swindell, AOM1/c, who was KIA in the Battle of Midway. Tracy is interested… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Jun 5

Remembering Midway

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 2:21 PM

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REMEMBERING MIDWAY by Captain Roy P. Gee, USN-Ret (The following post was written for the Battle of Midway Roundtable, in 2003. Note: CAPT Roy P. Gee passed away on 28 DEC 2009)  Here I am, sitting at my computer, trying to recall the details of my involvement in a great naval battle that was fought 61 years ago. I’m 83 years old and as my recollections of combat fade, I seem to get braver and more heroic than I really ever was. I needed some help in remembering those long-ago events, so I’ve relied upon a letter that I wrote back in… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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